Introducing the Deep Roots Initiative Logo!
This rectangular Coast Salish design depicts two Coast Salish guardian spirit dancers singing the song of their power. The subtle circle between them is a drum with Salish sound waves emanating from it. In contemporary Canadian visual culture, crescents are utilized to symbolize sound waves. This is a cultural commonality that Coast Salish and Canadian cultures have in common. In Coast Salish art, crescents are used to create a real rhythmic rippling, a real fluid flowing feeling.
Artist: LessLIE Sam, Coast Salish
Visit the Alcheringa Gallery website for more information on the artist.
Greg and Rob continue to mentor and support story producers’ progress – with draft scripts all submitted, and with insightful reviews thereof. Our story writers have been given training in interviewing techniques, recording equipment and guidance in First Nations protocol. Some of the most interesting moments so far were the training sessions on critical listening skills offered by CBC veteran Rob Selmanovic.
Initially conceived as a youth [ages 16-30] project; we found ourselves with high calibre skill sets; and years of experience with writers ranging in age from 15 to 70. We have a well rounded set of writers representing Aboriginal youth, local elders, radio writers, aspiring journalists and environmentalists including:
DILANI (Sobhanā) HIPPOLA
Our volunteer board includes representatives from each partner in this project: Kate Maddigan and Max Thaysen [Friends of Cortes Island -FOCI], David Rousseau and Sheryl Thompson,President [Cortes Community Radio Society], Jacqueline Mathieu [Klahoose First Nation] Advisors to steering committee: Shannon Johannsen, Educator and Odette Auger, Grantwriter.
OUR COMMUNITY AND PARTNERS:
Jacqueline Mathieu organized a Meet and Greet Tea at Klahoose; October 26 where story producers met with Klahoose community members and began a process of learning from traditional knowledge and local wisdom. Connections were made, elders suggested, and Jacqueline continues her work of connecting and facilitating this essential community building.
More than just a historical backgrounder; Deep Roots Initiative seeks to problem solve current issues by reconnecting/building upon foundations of Salish culture. With Jacqueline’s coordination, Salish voices and experience will be a valued resource in the writing of our stories for Deep Roots radio.
OUTREACH AND EXTENSIONS:
One result of Deep Roots is the creative partnership with the Cortes Museum. Vintage Vignettes are a side project spinoff of Deep Roots. This project brings to light history and anecdotes from the early days of European settler life on Cortes, incorporating several volunteer voice actors from Cortes and Quadra.
We are exploring merchandise sales; with our eloquent and visually stunning logo, the image Salish Soundwaves, by Salish artist LessLIE Sam. Keep an eye out on our market tables! As well, we are working closely with CKTZ fundraising endeavours - with opportunities to sponsor shows, including the Deep Roots initiative. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.cortesradio.ca for full details on sponsorship programs.